The Goldberg Variations is one of the greatest poems in human history. As towering a creative achievement as anything in Homer or Shakespeare. No other [of the great composers] has ever possessed Bach's ability to make music as much a language as Spanish, English or French: Where other composers break into the silence with sounds sublime or glorious, ethereal, noble, or just loud... Bach almost always engages us in a human conversation as effectively as if he were using words.
And whether in the many interpretations of other keyboard players out there or in that personal one playing only within the confines of my own mind... every time I listen to the transcendent masterpiece that is Bach's Art of The Variation I can't help but thank God for the unequaled privilege.
S D Rodrian
This recording is now going on some twenty-something years and it never was a perfect recording, but I have never once wanted to change a note of it: It is what this great works sounds like when it plays in my mind.
HOW I LISTEN TO THESE PIECES IN BED:
I have a cheap little MP3 player that has a volume range of 00 to 30 (I used 16 for these particular pieces). Then I raise the BASS & that's it.
I use headphones (not earplugs): First I drop a long white cotton sock on top of my head & let it cover my ears (because it's easier to wash that than clean the ear phones); place the headphones over the sock and tie it all down to my head with an old stretchband I cut out of some old underwear shorts. Perfection.
My little MP3 player doesn't have balance controls so I just shift the headphones around a bit until I achieve the balance I'm most comfortable with & I'm good to go (as I start my sleeps sitting up). Some people like to bother others with loudspeakers, but I'm much too nice to do that.
I use very good earplugs but the same cheap little MP3 player. Same volume. Same higher BASS. Works for me.
Of course, using these specs I'd advise YOU to keep the volume around 12 so you don't damage your hearing [if you find you did, then stop listening to loud music for a few days and you will usually recover UNLESS you keep listening to loud music for prolonged periods of time even after you find you've done damage to your hearing].
November 14, 2011 Subject:
These recordings, and all the others by Mr. S D Rodrian on Archive.org, are a wonderful gift. I may not be the most discerning or knowledgeable of listeners, but for me his piano recordings make for simply superb listening.
May 28, 2008 Subject:
Maybe these aren't perfectly played... I don't care. Many a long night of math has been eased by this music.